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  1. Make it easier to reset preferences and/or clear cache

    There are so many folks reporting InDesign issues on the forum recently that are solved by trashing preferences and/or clearing the cache files. This is so easy to address in Photoshop—Prefs > General > Reset Preferences on Quit—and so many steps in InDesign. We have to determine the operating system, address how to show hidden files, etc. Can this please be added to Preferences?

    9 votes

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  2. Come on guys!!!!!! Most of your applications on Mac are horrible when it comes to multiple screens. PLEASE FIX THIS SH1T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't think you get the point even though it has been said before.

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 votes

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  3. Toggle through styles and narrow by search in paragraph/character/object style windows

    The ability to go through all styles without leaving the Paragraph Style Options window. Like forward and back arrows. If you are editing multiple paragraph styles at a time (or character or object styles for that matter), currently you have to close out of the dialog box every time you want to toggle to a new style. It’d be nice to toggle or click through to the next style (alphabetically), or choose it from a drop-down menu.

    Also. when you have a long list of styles, the ability to search for them by typing. Right now, you have to scroll.…

    2 votes

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  4. ADA issue: Customize the font size used for menu/palette independent of monitor resolution

    We need to be able to increase the font size used for menu/palette. Preferably independent of monitor resolution.
    This is an ADA issue for those of us with aging eyes.

    6 votes

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  5. touch bar support

    I've been using the touch bar of my MacBook Pro for a lot of things, including Photoshop. As I am mainly using Indesign in my everyday work, it would be great to have touch bar support, for instance for applying paragraph styles to texts.

    24 votes

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  6. Enable easy batching of GREP Find/Change queries & expandable 'entry window'

    Hi there,

    Rather than rely on third-party software (or convoluted scripts), there should be an option to batch GREP queries together in the Find/Change menu.

    Also, it would be nice (for more extensive/complicated GREPs) to be able to expand the window in general (pertaining to both Find/Change's GREP tab and the equivalent menu for GREP styles elsewhere) when entering the expressions.

    As an addendum to that last point, at the very least InDesign should have a built in (expandable) panel for copying and pasting complicated GREP syntax without having to worry about certain syntax items disappearing if copied and pasted…

    29 votes

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  7. Full Screen InDesign Mac

    On mac, and especially when working on design projects, it is really nice to be able to flip through full screened apps in spaces. InDesign does not allow for this, which means that I lose documents behind it.

    11 votes

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  8. I hate the "Search is completed" or "Cannot find match" messages after searches

    Specifically I hate having to click OK to close the message.
    Could the same messages just appear in the search window itself instead of the current alert? Maybe with color to make it obvious?

    15 votes

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  9. Find/Change: Leave the "Search" area the same

    When I'm doing a find/change in a "Auswahl" (in english maybe "selection"? – screenshot A), the "Search" area is always changing thereafter automatically to "Textabschnitt" (text section? - screenshot B).
    It would be great if there would be no change.

    22 votes

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  10. Ability to manipulate illustrator sublayers in Object Layer Options dialogue

    It would be great to be able to manipulate (turn on and off) illustrator sublayers in the Object Layer Options dialogue.

    I use the adobe suite for urban design mapping and analysis where we work with many layers to describe the complex nature of the city/area we are working in. We are often working with 40+ layers, many of which could be 'grouped' or collected into a single layer, however when placing the same .ai file multiple times in a report, we need to retain the ability to turn layers on or off to suit different data sets. This create…

    14 votes

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  11. Setting to automatically update links on Open

    Allow an option/setting to disable the dialog when opening a document with updated links and if a link has been updated it updates or doesn't update it automatically based upon the User Setting.

    13 votes

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  12. The ability to change languages of the software itself.

    We work in a bilingual environment, and constantly need to switch between French and English.

    27 votes

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  13. Toggle settings to Auto Update Links

    There is much need for a setting (preferably toggle on/off) for updating of linked files automatically. A lot of companies and designers use InDesign to setup presentations, and it can get extremely time consuming having to manually update links as they change.

    7 votes

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  14. Preferences > Units & Increments should be application, not document preferences

    Under Preferences > Units & Increments, the Keyboard Increments preferences should be application wide, not document specific.

    People share documents and templates and have their own way of working. They expect keyboard shortcuts to work consistently. It is unintuitive if in one file point size and leading change in two point increments and in another they change in one point increments. There is no reason for these preferences to be document specific rather than application specific.

    19 votes

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  15. PageMaker Command Bar

    PLEASE bring back the Pagemaker Command Bar. Many of us are not professional designers who remember and utilize all the keyboard shortcuts so we depended on the command bar for a quick and easy way to make changes in our docs. Those who don't need it or use it can simply keep it hidden.

    4 votes

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  16. Don't ask to save a [Converted] document if I haven't made any changes to it

    There are so many updates to InDesign these days and I have so many files it's guaranteed that most of my files will now be in the "previous" version so I get them all opening as "[Converted]". Most of the time I just open them to refer to things, so it's annoying when you close it and it asks you if you want to save it even though you haven't done anything.

    Like any other document, ID should know if you've made any changes. If you haven't, it should just close the document without prompting you to save it.

    3 votes

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  17. Window decorators make moving the window difficult when smaller

    When the window is small (eg half of my screen), the window decorators make it very difficult to move the window. In particular, the name of the program ("Adobe InDesign CC 2018") is inactive, but somehow I still can't grab the window there. It gets very frustrating to manage my screen, especially when I need several programs open.

    2 votes

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  18. Preview checkbox in preferences: grids

    A preview checkbox in the grids panel under document preferences. So that you can make changes to the document grid or baseline grid without having to close the preferences panel in order to see the effects your changes have made.

    19 votes

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  19. Appearance Panel

    Illustrator has the Appearance Panel. InDesign should have it too. I want to have multiple fills, and strokes to be behind the fills.

    10 votes

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  20. I want a generic command to repeat the least command I executed. Like control-Y does in the much-hated MS Word....Saves time.

    I want a generic command to repeat the least command I executed. Like control-Y does in the much-hated MS Word....Saves time.

    I often wind up doing the same thing many times, like applying a char style or whatever. I want a keyboard shortcut to repeat whatever I did last.

    9 votes

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